Join us for the 2019 Ingram New Works Festival!

May 8-18, Nashville Children’s Theatre
Join us as we premiere five powerful, brand new plays developed in Nashville by our Ingram New Works Playwrights!

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Our playwrights have been working with Nashville Rep all year to each create a new work for the American stage. Each staged play reading at the Ingram New Works Festival begins at 7:00pm and will be followed by a Talkback with the playwright the opportunity to mingle with fellow arts enthusiasts and professionals after the show.

Plays from the Ingram New Works Festival have gone on to win awards and be produced on Broadway and across the country. Be among the first to see these brand new plays at the very beginning. Buy a Festival Pass for all-inclusive access to the entire two-week festival, or purchase individual tickets to each show!

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by Dean Poynor
Directed by Beki Baker
May 8 & 14 at 7:00pm

A father tries to teach his son about life and faith as they ride the New York City Subway together over many years - but as the son grows up, they are forced to reckon with the values they once took for granted. Ride along with them and experience their timeless journey to pass on the good and jettison the bad for the next generation.

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by R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Jack Tamburri
May 9 & 17 at 7:00pm

Four strangers; one apartment building; unlimited channels. On the fourth floor, a former reality show contestant tries to start over; on the eighth floor a Miranda Hobbes type waits for transformation; in the lobby an amateur detective solves a mystery. And then there’s Mackenzie, who says she’s just here to watch.

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by Riti Sachdeva
Directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury
May 10 & 15 at 7:00pm

On the edge of a highway on the edge of a city, Rajiv runs the Taj Palace (motel). Sita’s got business there. Nina wants to shut it down. Bhagath Singh Thind’s been waiting there for decades. And Jon Wane just might have the key.

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by Lindsay Joelle
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
May 11 & 16 at 7:00pm

A soldier and a translator blast off on a dangerous mission. A messenger and a refugee strike a deal on an alien planet. A mysterious plague and a love letter gone rogue. A dark comedy about the messages we carry in our bones.

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by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by René D. Copeland
May 18 at 7:00pm

The great-great-great granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, a slightly deaf witch hanged in 1692 on Gallow's Hill - which is now a Dunkin' Donuts - struggles with her legacy in this remarkable new play by 2019 Ingram New Works Fellow Sarah Ruhl.

About the Playwrights

Sarah Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. An alum of 13P and of New Dramatists, she won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006 and most recently, the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. She was the recipient of the PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright, the Whiting Writers award, the Feminist Press’ Forty under Forty award, and a Lilly Award. She proudly served on the executive council of the Dramatist’s Guild for three years, and she is currently on the faculty at Yale School of Drama. Her book of essays on the theater and motherhood, “100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write,” was a Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. Sarah’s plays include Stage KissIn the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play (PEN American Award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award); Melancholy Play (a musical with Todd Almond); EurydiceOrlandoDemeter in the City (NAACP nomination); Late: a cowboy song; Three Sisters; Dear Elizabeth; The Oldest Boy; and most recently, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday; and How To Transcend a Happy Marriage.

Lindsay Joelle is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Plays include Trayf (Theater J, Penguin Rep), The Garbologists (EST/Sloan Grant), A Small History of Amal, Age 7 (Forward Flux) and The Princess of Riverside Drive (libretto, Vital Theater). She is the 2018 NNPN writer-in-residence at Curious Theatre and received the Rita Goldberg Award for Graduate Playwriting, Irving Zarkower Award, Anne Freedman Grant, and a Kilroys List Honorable Mention. Her work has been developed at PlayPenn, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Lark, The New Georges Jam, Luna Stage, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, ESPA/Primary Stages, and have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival (Special Recognition), Leah Ryan’s FEWW (Honorable Mention), JAW Festival, Jewish Plays Project, Blue Ink Award, Ingram New Works Project, UMass New Play Lab, and Soho Rep Lab. New Georges affiliated artist, alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Columbia University (BA), and Hunter (MFA) where she studied under the mentorship of Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit and Samuel D. Hunter.

Dean Poynor is a Southern playwright living in New York City. His work explores modern questions of faith, setting realistic characters against theatrical expressions and heightened language. Dean's plays have been developed and produced with Mixed Blood Theatre, The Lark, Visconti Productions (NYC), Nashville Repertory Theatre and the Ingram New Works Project, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Playwrights’ Center (Core Member Apprentice), Kennedy Center, Puzzle Festival NYC, Centre Stage Greenville (New Play Festival Winner), Trustus Theatre (New Play Festival Winner), The NiA Company, Arena Players Repertory Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, and others including Cairns Festival Australia, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and in residency at The Studios of Key West. Dean has received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenplay award, the Helford Prize for Drama, Holland New Voices Playwright Award, two Shubert Foundation fellowships, and been a Finalist or Semi-Finalist for a whole bunch of other stuff. BA Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. MFA Carnegie Mellon University. Dean’s latest adventure is being a first-time dad. 

Riti Sachdeva has been creating art in some shape, pattern, or rhythm for twenty five years. Incorporating text, installation, and dance into her writing and performance, she straddles the practices and conventions of traditional U.S. theater, performance art, and international perspectives and approaches to theater. Riti has been a playwriting fellow with The Public Theater's EWG, WP Theater Lab, and the Dramatists Guild. Her plays have been developed by The Civilians, Ingram New Works Project, PlayWrights Center, National New Play Network, U of Hawai’i, Working Theater, Centerstage Baltimore, and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. She is recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Quest for Peace award for her play Parts of Parts & Stitchesand a TCG travel grant to begin adapting her play Suicide Seed to the kathakali dance theatre form. Her play The Rug Dealer made the 2016 Kilroys List and was a finalist for the BAPF. Acting highlights include work with National Hispanic Cultural Center, PopUp Theatrics, Honest Accomplice, HBO, Disney, lots of cool indie films, an Outstanding One Act award from Planet Connections Festival for her solo show Scene/Unseen. Riti recently workshopped her new solo show, Behind Every Favorite Song is an Untold Woman, in NYC and Belize.

R. Eric Thomas is a playwright and the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C. He is also a Senior Staff Writer for where he writes “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture humor column. He won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play for Time Is On Our Side and the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award. He is the recipient of a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission and is at work on his debut memoir-in-essays, entitled Here For It, which will be published by Ballantine Books. Recent productions include MRS HARRISON (Azuka Theater, Barrymore nomination: Best New Play), Miriam1234 (City Theater Miami) and Time Is On Our Side (About Face Theater & Simpatico Theater, finalist: Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award). He has been commissioned by the Arden Theater Company, Simpatico Theater, and Act II Playhouse.

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The Ingram New Works Project is the first program of its kind, empowering outstanding artists to write stories they are passionate about. Ingram New Works and the Nashville Repertory Theatre provide playwrights with audiences, networking, lodging, hospitality, and other support, allowing them to focus on what they do best: creating powerful, impactful, critically-acclaimed new plays. The three pieces of the Project are the Fellowship, Lab, and Festival. Since 2009, the Ingram New Works Project has supported the development of over 60 new plays. We are the playwrights’ home away from home, powered by Nashville’s authentic and radical hospitality.

Ingram New Works Labs

Providing support and resources to emerging playwrights
Chosen annually through a highly competitive process, Lab Playwrights visit Nashville monthly to develop a new play about which they are passionate The Nashville Rep provides them with audiences, networking, lodging, hospitality, and other support throughout the year, leading up to the premier staged readings of their plays at the Ingram New Works Festival. The 2018-2019 playwrights join us in Nashville October 12-14, November 16-18, December 14-16, and March 15-17.

Ingram New Works Fellowship

Supporting and collaborating with an established playwright
Each year the Ingram New Works Fellow has the opportunity to develop a new play with the full support of Nashville Repertory Theatre. The Fellow is highlighted during Playwrights’ Week in January and serves as a mentor to the Lab Playwrights. The 2019 Playwrights Week was January 10-16, featuring a REPaloud of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl on January 12.

Ingram New Works Festival

Nashville’s Annual Celebration of New Plays & Playwrights
The culmination of the annual Ingram New Works Project, the festival features the premier public reading of all five plays that the fellow and lab playwrights have been developing. The 2019 Ingram New Works Festival is May 8-18. 


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“New work is the life force of every art form.”
- Martha Ingram